Oneida, TN (2018-03-11) In 2018, help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area contains 60 plus miles of the 319 mile Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail. Join a ranger at Bandy Creek swimming pool parking lot at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 17, for a moderate 6.3 mile hike along the John Litton Farm Loop. This loop also overlaps part of the Tennessee section of the Sheltowee Trace Trail. Discover the beauty of Fall Branch waterfall which flows 10 feet from a deeply undercut rock shelf. We will continue our journey to the John Litton Farm where we will stop for lunch. Don’t miss this opportunity to feel the isolation of early settlers who inhabited the hollows and creek valleys of the Big South Fork. This is a great opportunity to work towards this year’s GO BIG challenge.
The Go Big 2018 Challenge is an all-inclusive, year-long, self-paced, park-wide event created to encourage you to go out and explore YOUR park. This year’s theme is Rivers and Trails in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act and the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic River Act. For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/go-big-2018-challenge.htm. Participants will earn points by answering questions about the nature and history of the park that will require exploration in search of site-specific information. Points will also be given for each mile hiked, biked, paddled, or equestrian-ridden, so you can get started today!